Monday, July 5, 2010

Daily Nugget #15: Barry White, "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More, Baby"

Those who only know the two or three Barry White tracks that ever make it on the radio are basically missing all the foreplay. Sure, "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Baby" has a breezy smoothness to it, but it's nothing compared to some of Barry's full-length album cuts. By far the smoothest and simplest of the early 70s soul gods, he was never as gritty or sublime as Al Green, musically varied as Stevie Wonder, or sexy as Marvin, but Barry White sold a lot of records simply by honing his craft down to its velvety core: his music was designed for making out. The lyrics are simple and plainspoken—there is little in the way of narrative, and some songs consist only of pronouns and verbs. But Barry White's quest for love comes off as soulfully sincere, especially when you learn he was happily married for most of his career. Check out the arrangement on this track: over the funky groove, Barry adds layers of flute and harpsichord (!), making this track perhaps the most baroque booty jam you will ever hear.

Barry White, "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More, Baby":

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